Playing the Enemy Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, by Carlin, John
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- ISBN: 9780143115724 | 0143115723
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 7/28/2009
In 1985, Nelson Mandela, then in prison for twenty-three years, set about winning over the fiercest proponents of apartheid before setting his sights on the nation's first free elections in 1994. But perhaps his greatest hurdle was finding a cause that would unite the nation, fractured after fifty years of apartheid. His choice was one of the most far-fetched imaginable: the Springboks, their national rugby team, long an embodiment of white supremacist rule.